Teas, Infusions, and Decoctions

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Teas, Infusions, and Decoctions

People have been drinking herbal teas for as long as they’ve known how to heat water – since well before recorded history.

Unlike green, black, and oolong teas, herbal teas can be made from just about any plant, and from any part of the plant, including the roots, flowers, seeds, berries, or bark.

There are some herbs, like echinacea, ginkgo leaf, saw palmetto, and milk thistle, that aren’t effective at healing when taken in tea form because their active components aren’t water soluble, and the concentration needed for medicinal potency is so high it can only be gotten from an extract, pill, or capsule.

Different herbal teas, which sometimes contain thousands of beneficial compounds, have their own distinctive healing uses.

Herbal teas are very good for relieving mild to moderate ailments like upset stomach, sore throat, coughs, stuffy nose, and insomnia.

Many herbal teas are available in tea bag form.

They can also be prepared from the raw herb.

To make an herbal tea, gently crumble leaves and flowers and break roots and bark into pieces (cutting the herbs causes the essential oils to dissipate) and place them in a ceramic or glass container.

Cover the herb parts with boiling water (don’t bring the herbs themselves to a boil), and allow them to steep.

Most herbs should be steeped for 4-6 minutes, although some herbal teas, like chamomile, need to be steeped for 15-20 minutes in a covered container in order to deliver their full therapeutic effect.

Other herbs, like ginseng roots, can be boiled.

Astragalus can be lightly simmered for several hours.

In fact, in Asia, ginseng root, astragalus, dong quai, and other herbs are added to chicken broth to make a tonic soup that’s both food and medicine.

Infusion is simply another term for tea.

This is the easiest way to take herbal remedies.

To make an infusion, you simply boil water and add leaves, stems, flowers, or powdered herbs – plant material whose active ingredients dissolve readily in hot water – then steep, strain, and drink the mixture as a tea.

A decoction is a tea made from thicker plant parts, like bark, roots, seeds, or berries.

These also contain lignin, a substance difficult to dissolve in water.

So, decoctions need a more vigorous extraction method than infusions.

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